Duck Village Outfitters gives customers the means to master both sand and surf with rentals from three locations in the Outer Banks. Its sporty offerings include 12 styles of surfboards for men and women, from short and soft 4-foot boards to 9-foot longboards, as well as kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The shop can also loan out wetsuits and brightly colored life-jackets to help clients brave the cold surf or turn heads at a black-tie dinner. Alternatively, single-speed and geared rental bikes for both men and women enable speedy exploration of dry land.
Family-owned and operated since 1975, Whalebone Urban Surf Shop pays homage to sand and sun with swimsuits, sandals, and casual daywear from brands such as Billabong, Roxy, RCVA, Hurley, and Volcom. Glittering waves wet Quiksilver board shorts ($59.50) or L Space and Leilani mix-and-match bikinis, available in a rainbow of colors. In addition to beachwear, Whalebone Urban Surf buttons up Quiksilver Girl captain flannel tops ($49.50) that can be paired with Element Magic Sleeve jeans ($69.50). The summery white of O’Neill's frock ($39.50) complements Reef sandals such as the women's Ugandal 2 with thongs decorated in Ugandan paper beads ($42) to fit days that span from shore to sea-turtle-centennial celebration.
Armed with the latest digital technology, the photographers at Shotz Portrait Studio craft beautifully composed shots of groups or individuals. The photographers specialize in family portraiture and bring years of experience to tricky shots, eliciting smiles from surly toddlers and negotiating with dads who insist upon giving the toddlers bunny ears. In addition to capturing sprawling family trees, Shotz Portrait Studio can also snap photos for passports or corporate headshots, as well as restore or enlarge existing images. Its onsite printing services cut down on wait time for ready-to-frame photos.
Chariots For Hire charters groups of all sizes around the DC area in vehicles driven by professionally-trained chauffeurs. Whether heading to the airport to catch a flight, or embarking on a tour of nearby Dry Mill Vineyards and Tarara Winery, customers can expect to decompress in the back of a clean vehicle while the driver takes care of traffic, directions, and trying to get truck drivers to blow their horns. Chariots For Hire's fleet consists of luxury sedans, stretch limos, and charter busses?fully equipped with sound and DVD technology? that can accommodate up to 57 passengers. In addition to driving for weddings, concerts, and business meetings, drivers also charter day trips such as the aforementioned winery tours or historical tours of DC, led by knowledgeable guides that wax poetic on the history and landmarks of the nation's capital.